William Meezan, MSW, PhD, DHL

Dr. William (Bill) Meezan retired as the Mary Ann Quaranta Chair in Social Justice for Children and Distinguished Professor at the Fordham University in June of 2014.  Prior to that appointment he was Director of Policy and Research at Children’s Rights.  Before returning to New York, he was Professor and Dean of the College of Social Work at Ohio State University.  He has also served as the Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families at the University of Michigan and the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Southern California.  He began his academic career at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, where he rose through the academic ranks, attaining tenure in 1981 and the rank of full professor in 1986.  He holds BA from the University of Vermont, his MSW from Florida State University, and his doctorate from Columbia University.

In 1984-85, Dr. Meezan served as a Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development, while in 1993-1994 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Baltic States, where he helped organize the first schools of social work in Lithuania and Latvia.  In 1997 he received an honorary degree from the Higher School of Social Work and Social Pedagogics “Attistiba” in Riga for his contribution to the development of social work education in the Latvian Republic, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Columbia University School of Social Work’s Alumni Hall of Fame.  More recently, he has been named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Work; he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Vermont in May of 2013.

Dr. Meezan is the recipient of the Society for Social Work Research’s Outstanding Research Award (2000), and the Pro Humanitate Literary Award/2009 Herbert A. Raskin Child Welfare Article Award from the Center for Child Welfare Policy of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.  He has written extensively along the entire continuum of child welfare services, including over numerous articles and chapters in peer reviewed journals and anthologies.  He has co-authored four books and co-edited six other volumes.  His most recent interests include issues of systems change in child welfare, mission drift in child welfare, the development of children raised by lesbian and gay parents, and research methodologies appropriate for the use with LGBT populations.

Dr. Meezan has been a consultant to numerous social agencies, foundations, schools of social work, and national organizations, and has served on the Boards of the Society for Social Work Research (Secretary and Treasurer), the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (President), the ANSWER Coalition, and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (Secretary), as well as a number of social agencies concerned with children’s mental health and the containment of the AIDS pandemic.  He has also served as the Chair of the National Publications Committee of the National Association of Social of Social Workers.